BSOD 7b Stop Message in Windows® XP
Resolve BSOD '7b' Message in Windows XP
Windows XP is a stable and user-friendly Operating System. Windows XP has its own technique to fix errors, however sometimes you may get an error message with an error code in a blue screen during the startup up. This error screen is called BSOD, which stands for Blue Screen of Death. Usually, BSOD errors are displayed with a specific error code, where each error code on the error screen denotes the reason for the issue. BSOD ‘7b’ is one such BSOD error. BSOD ‘7b’ error occurs when Windows XP fails to access the Boot files. The common reasons for this are incompatible device driver for hard drive, hardware incompatibility with the boot device or a boot sector virus.
Some tips to fix and prevent BSOD ‘7b’ error message from arising are:
- Boot Sector Virus
- Driver for the Hard Drive
- Hardware Conflict
- Uninstalling Recently Added Hardware driver or Software
Boot Sector Virus
Some viruses are developed to infect the boot sector and your antivirus program might not have the ability to detect the boot sector virus. It is boot sector that files required which are during the boot process are saved. There are certain virus scanning tools that that have a boot recovery tool, you could download one of those tools on a different computer, copy it to disc and boot the computer from the bootable disc,run a scan and get rid of the boot virus.
Driver for the Hard Drive
During the boot process Windows XP searches for a Mini port driver to communicate with the hard drive. Windows XP has a good driver database, it automatically installs the driver for your hard drive but if it fails to install a proper Miniport driver, you might get the BSOD ‘7b’ error message. To fix this issue you need to find a Windows XP compatible driver for your SCSCI, SATA or IDE hard drive .During the Windows XP installation, you will be prompted to press ‘F6’ on your keyboard to install hard disc driver. After which you have to insert the disc, which has the driver file, locate the driver file and install it.
If you have connected any hardware, which is incompatible with the boot device, you might get a BSOD ‘7b’ error message. If you get the blue screen error after plugging in a new hardware, you should unplug the recently added hardware and check if the computer boots up in ‘Normal Mode’ without the error screen.
If the computer shows BSOD ‘7b’ error message after installing/updating a new device driver or software, you should try to uninstall the recently installed driver or software in safe mode. To restart the computer in safe mode, you can tap the ‘F8’ key during the startup and select safe mode from the advanced boot menu. Once the Windows is loaded in safe mode, you can try to uninstall the program that you have added to your computer, last time when the computer was working fine.